The Mount Marty women’s basketball team led the unbeaten defending national champions by a point at halftime, but Dakota Wesleyan rallied past the Lancers 64-59 last night at the Cimpl Arena. Mount Marty shot 51 percent for the game, outrebounded the Tigers by six, but 22 turnovers hurt the Lancer comeback effort. Sophomore Karlee McKinney scored 16 points for Mount Marty and sophomore Peyton Stolle added 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The men’s contest at the Cimpl Arena was tied at halftime, and 26th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan outscored the Lancers by six points in the second half to post an 86-80 victory. The Mount Marty men hit 50 percent from the floor, but the Tigers converted on their last 22 free throws to raise their record to 8 and 3 overall. Junior Ty Hoglund led Dakota Wesleyan with 27 points, while junior Colby Johnson had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Mount Marty and sophomore Jailen Billings chipped in 17 points. Both Lancer teams have one conference victory as they travel to Concordia for the G-PAC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The USD women’s basketball team moved up two places and is now ranked fourth in the College Insider Mid-Major Basketball poll. Five Coyotes average at least nine points a game as the team is now 8 and 1 on the season. Drake University leads the Mid-Major poll and South Dakota State is rated sixth.
The Yankton Bucks have their first home wrestling matches of the season tonight. The Bucks will host Dakota Valley and Vermillion with the triangular starting at 5:00 at the Summit Activities Center.
The Yankton Gazelles gymnastics team will compete in Sioux Falls tonight in a triangular starting at 5:30 p-m against Roosevelt and O’Gorman.